Metropolis: The Ending is a Real Downer
|The trippy DVD cover really captures the spirit of "Metropolis."|
Stanley Kubrick, for instance, asked Tezuka to help with the artwork in 2001: A Space Odyssey, though he ultimately declined. Tezuka, however, was too busy leading the prestigious "Mushi Productions" animation studio which was a leader in bringing animation to television (some of its hits were "Frosty the Snowman," "Astro Boy," and "Kimba the White Lion" - which many see as the inspiration for "The Lion King").
Tezuka had a pronounced western orientation that inspired him to adapt Disney films and other works that were not traditionally Japanese. This film, "Metropolis," is one such adaptation of a western classic. It clearly derives from the 1927 Fritz Lang German silent film of the same name, though it layers on many additional themes that give this "Metropolis" a completely new identity.
|Tima revealed for what she is.|
|Tima with a dove.|
Shinsauku reactivates her using Laughton's plans, and there follows a confrontation at the top of the Ziggurat between everyone after which Tima becomes power-mad, loses her memory and tries to destroy humanity. Kenichi, though, tries reasoning with her based on their earlier relationship as the world collapses around them.
|The visuals really hearken back to the original film.|
|What a motley crew!|
|Vibrant, dark, edgy colors.|
|It looks a bit like NYC already does, actually.|
|A blast from the past - a quick shot fro the 1927 original.|